The Dodgers have been building up Kiebert Ruiz for a long time now. Originally signed out of Venezuela in 2014 as a 16-year-old, Los Angeles has long viewed him as the potential catcher of the future.
But some things have changed over the last few years. The Dodgers had Will Smith step up behind the plate and appears to be the guy for at least the next few years. They also have a 19-year-old Diego Cartaya absolutely crushing minor league pitching right now.
Because of those factors, MLB listed Keibert as the Dodgers’ number 1 trade chip this summer. The only question at this point is what the team would want in return given that there are very few actual holes on their roster.
The Dodgers could decide to stick with the depth, given that Ruiz is the next man up if Barnes and Smith have to miss time. But if they feel like the player coming to them via a trade can take them over the top, adding Ruiz to that package would make a lot of sense.
If the Dodgers were looking to take advantage of a hot start, Keibert would be an ideal piece. He’s slashing .286/.333/.589 with the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Through 13 games, he has 3 homeruns and 11 total extra-base hits.
Again, the return would have to be significant for the Dodgers to flip Keibert. He is arguably one of the most MLB-ready prospects in baseball right now, and he would immediately make an impact on a team he was traded to.
The most realistic scenario is that the Dodgers hold onto Keibert for now. But if they were to trade him, you can be sure that it would be a move to make sure their bullpen is the best in the league heading into October.